“It’s sad, but it’s no surprise”: Kick it Out chef Sanjay Bhandari says abuse of Wilfried Zaha by a 12-year-old on social media is the “tip of the iceberg” and calls for better education in schools to combat racism combat
- Kick it Out wants better education in schools to end racist behavior
- A 12-year-old was arrested on suspicion of racist abuse by Wilfried Zaha
- The Crystal Palace striker received despicable messages on social media site Instagram
- Sanjay Bhandari says that life prohibitions will not teach young people about discrimination
The 12-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of racist abuse by Wilfried Zaha online at Crystal Palace is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of children who launch vitriol, Kick It Out head said on Thursday.
Sanjay Bhandari says that education, not by enacting life bans, is the way to deal with it and that black children who have endured racism in the playground will not be surprised by the age of the alleged perpetrator.
But he insisted that the organization work to train such young offenders, as racism is not always so deeply embedded in children.
Sanjay Bhandari wants education to be a priority to teach young people about racism in schools
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha received nasty reports before playing Aston Villa last week
Bhandari said, “Although it’s sad, it’s no surprise,” he added. “Talk to those who have experienced the schoolyard if you think 12 year olds cannot be racists and I think this is the tip of the iceberg.
But one of the easy assumptions is that every perpetrator is a serial racist. That is not true. People are able to change their ways, especially children. I don’t feel they are lost.
“You can’t just work your way out of all these incidents.
Police have confirmed that a 12-year-old has been arrested for the abuse of the Ivorian
“There is a danger when you just give people a restraining order and just anchor them and the views they have.”
West Midlands police said the boy arrested on Sunday had been investigated.
Tottenham stewards intervened seven months ago to prevent a 13-year-old Burnley fan from racially abusing Son Heung-min.